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DHR - SAFETY ALERT MEMO 03-09

DATE: October 23, 2003

INCIDENT TYPE: Vehicle Accident during Traffic Control

LOCATION: District 6

TYPE OF WORK ACTIVITY: Asphalt Grinding

THE ACCIDENT: On Tuesday, October 14, 2003, the Coarsegold Maintenance Crew working with other units from the Fresno Maintenance Area were involved in a grinding project on Madera 41 near Highway 145. A vehicle towing a trailer heavily loaded with building materials traveling north on Highway 41 approaching the work area lost control and crossed into the opposite lane and continued onto the shoulder where it struck a parked Caltrans 10-Yard dump truck staged for the project.

CONCLUSIONS: No employees were injured as a result of this collision and the driver of the vehicle that hit our truck was very fortunate to escape serious injury. The 10-Yard sustained significant damage to the left front wheel and had to be towed from the scene. This incident shows the importance of maintaining awareness of moving traffic even when the motorists are moving under guidance in a work zone with traffic control in place. Chapter 8 guidelines direct workers to face traffic and have an escape route planned in case of accidents occurring such as this one. Always use a vehicle as physical protection from moving traffic and use lookouts when necessary. It appears that all required safety procedures and policies where followed by our employees and as a result no injuries occurred.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Discuss this incident at your next tailgate safety meeting and stress the significance of following the rules and guidelines outlined in the Chapter 8 Manual and the Code of Safe Operating Practices Manual.

 

 

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